- completely free from harm, restraint, punishment, or obligation: The driver of the car escaped from the accident scot-free. The judge let the defendant off scot-free.
Origin of scot-free
Examples from the Web for scot-free
Scottie, you fellows, even when you had Allister to lead you, couldn't get off scot-free from Dozier.Way of the Lawless
I am not going to let them get off scot-free, nasty, wicked thieves.The Carroll Girls
I only wish I had been there; they wouldn't have got off scot-free, the scoundrels!'Sarah's School Friend
And if you can show that you weren't there at all—why, out you go, scot-free.The Calico Cat
Charles Miner Thompson
Louie was not merely let off scot-free for what she did, but was to have every happiness given to her.The Third Miss Symons
Flora Macdonald Mayor
- (predicative) without harm, loss, or penalty
Word Origin and History for scot-free
Old English scotfreo "exempt from royal tax," from scot "royal tax," from Old Norse skot "contribution," literally "a shooting, shot; thing shot, missile," from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.); the Old Norse verb form, skjota, has a secondary sense of "transfer to another; pay") + freo (see free (adj.)). First element related to Old English sceotan "to pay, contribute," Dutch schot, German Schoß "tax, contribution." French écot "share" (Old French escot) is from Germanic.